Sitting down to a bowl of this oatmeal is like eating Christmas for breakfast.
It not only includes eggnog – a holiday classic – but it also beautifully mimics the flavor of gingerbread. The combination of molasses and warm spices makes this oatmeal truly taste like the traditional cookie that graces many a holiday party platter.
Some of my favorite holiday memories are of making gingerbread cookies with my mom. I remember how difficult it was to be patient while the freshly made dough rested in the fridge, waiting to be rolled out and stamped into all varieties of shapes. My favorite cookie cutter was a cute little rocking horse, and I would always sneak the remaining scraps of raw dough left over from the cut out cookies.
I like my gingerbread cookies just slightly crisp around the edges and soft & chewy everywhere else.
Obviously this oatmeal does not have crisp edges, but it is chewy thanks to the steel cut oats!
This would be a fabulously delicious – and healthy! – way to start of Christmas morning… or any morning, for that matter.
|Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats
|Approximately 4 cups
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups eggnog
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- A pinch of salt
- Optional toppings: chopped nuts, raisins, or whipped cream
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 280 calories
Protein: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 50 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sugars: 25 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Cholesterol: 75 milligrams
Sodium: 150 milligrams
Toast the Oats
Start by toasting the steel-cut oats in a dry saucepan over medium heat. Stir them continuously for about 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant and lightly golden. This step enhances the nutty flavor of the oats.
Boil the Water
In a separate pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, add a pinch of salt and the toasted oats.
Simmer and Cook
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the oats simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. The oats should become tender but still have a slight chew.
Add the Spices
Stir in the ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and molasses. These spices will infuse the oats with the warm, comforting flavors of gingerbread.
Pour in the Eggnog
Gradually add the eggnog while continuing to stir. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the oats have absorbed most of the eggnog and the mixture becomes creamy.
Serve and Garnish
Once the oats reach your desired consistency, remove them from heat. Spoon them into bowls and, if desired, top with chopped nuts, raisins, or a dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence.
Grab your spoon and savor the delightful blend of gingerbread and eggnog flavors in every bite. These Gingerbread ‘Nog Steel Cut Oats are a fantastic way to start a festive morning.